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42-3167

B-17 Flying Fortress

Delivered Cheyenne 6/3/43; Dow Fd 15/4/43; Assigned 423BS/306BG [RD-Z] Thurleigh 19/4/43; transferred 527BS/379BG [FO-S] Kimbolton 17/6/43; battle damaged over Bremen 20/12/43, with Charlie Brown, Co-pilot: Pinky Luke, Navigator: Al Sadok, Bombardier: Bob Andrews, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Frenchy Coulombe, Radio Operator: Dick Pechout, Ball turret gunner: Sam Blackford, Waist gunner: Lloyd Jennings (8 Returned to Duty); Waist gunner: Alex Yelesanko (wia later died),Tail gunner: Hugh Eckenrode (2 Killed in Action); force landed Seething Afd, Nfk; 2 BAD Warton 4/4/44; never flew in action again. Returned to the USA Homestead 16/4/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Altus 11/8/45. YE OLDE PUB.

After the war Charlie Brown researched and found the pilot who shot him down, Franz Stigler. He related at a 379th reunion years later that he felt sorry for the injured crew in the severely damaged plane and stayed with them and directed them towards England. Some 25 veterans heard the story just because Stigler never fired his guns that day. Both men eventually died in 2008.

Service

People

  • Robert Andrews

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 379th Bomb Group
    Robert was actually born Gordon, but his older brothers called him Bobby and the name stuck. ...

  • Samuel Blackford

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG Reunion

  • Charles Brown

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG...

  • Bertrand Coulombe

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG Reunion

  • Lloyd Jennings

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG Reunion

  • Spencer Luke

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG Reunion

  • Richard Pechout

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG...

  • Al Sadok

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG Reunion

  • Alex Yelesanko

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 379th Bomb Group
    Flew on B-17 'Ye Olde Pub', pilot was Charles Brown. The plane was so damaged that the German pilot Franz Stigler, felt so sorry for the crew and stayed with them and directed them toward England. Years later after the war they met at a 379th BG Reunion

Places

  • Kimbolton

    Military site : airfield
    Planned for RAF use, Kimbolton airfield was built by W and C French Ltd. in 1941. The airfield was increased in size to accommodate a full US heavy Bomb Group, and the first such unit to us it was the 91st Bomb Group, who arrived in September 1942....

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Not yet known

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2017 15:25:26 RobertSmith Changes to markings
Sources

Multiple hobby and art websites, No contemporary photographs

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2017 15:20:34 RobertSmith Changes to production block number, manufacturer and nicknames
Sources

Joe Baugher website. USASC-USAAS-USAAC-USAAF-USAF Military Aircraft Serial Numbers--1908 to Present (http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html)
via its search engine search engine http://cgibin.rcn.com/jeremy.k/cgi-bin/gzUsafSearch.pl?target=42-3167&co...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Dave Osborne, B-17 Fortress Master Log

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